What is Medical Cannabis?
Cannabis (also called Marijuana and Hemp) is a plant which has been cultivated by human civilizations for over 12,000 years. Cannabis has many uses including but not limited to food, medicine, cloth, rope, paper, soap, and oil.
Medical Cannabis is what we call varieties of the plant that have been found therapeutically helpful for treating a condition or symptom. There is so much variety within this plant family that the effects of cannabis differ greatly depending on what strain you are using.
For this reason, many patients use Cannabis for a wide range of conditions, including Alzheimer's, Anxiety, ALS, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, GI Disorders, Hypertension, Huntington's, Incontinence, Osteoporosis, MS, Nausea, Pruritus, Epilepsy, HIV, Hep C, Dystonia, MRSA, Tourette’s, and Sleep Apnea.
Why Use Medical Cannabis?
Medical cannabis is not known to be highly addictive and does not have many of the serious health risks frequently associated with long-term use of pharmaceuticals. In addition, the great variety of strains allows you to customize your medicine to your particular body chemistry and symptoms. With conventional medications, you might have three or four options for a given set of symptoms. If none of these work, you are out of luck. But with cannabis, there are hundreds of strains you might try for any condition!
Is Medical Cannabis Safe?
Yes. The medical research continually supports the safety of Medical Cannabis. As with any medication, there are some negative side effects that cannabis patients might encounter. However, cannabis has such low toxicity that it is impossible to die from an overdose, unlike with many conventional medications.
Common negative side effects reported are anxiety, dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth, headache, and paranoia. Smoking can cause irritation of the mouth, eyes, throat, nose, and lungs, as well as allergies. While research does not support the claim that cannabis causes lung cancer, it is unclear whether the heat from smoking can cause damage to your throat and lungs.
Can I Use Cannabis Without Smoking It?
Absolutely. For many patients, smoking is not an option. Most hospitals prohibit smoking, as do many other medical facilities and live-in care facilities. Some can’t or don’t want to smoke for personal or medical reasons. But there are other options and ways to use cannabis.
Edibles are a simple alternative with a lot of variety. You can also try topical cannabis infusements that can be applied and absorbed directly through the skin. While the effects from edibles and topicals are slightly different than smoked cannabis, these options can offer a lot of the same medical benefits, if not more, without the side effects of smoking.
How Do I Find The Right Type of Cannabis?
All Cannabis is not created equal, and it can be a complicated process to find the right products for what you need. At Mindful Cannabis Consulting, we are cannabis patients committed to helping other cannabis patients find the right products, methods, and dosing for their particular symptoms, conditions, and biochemistry.
Where Can I Find Medical Cannabis?
If you think that Medical Cannabis is right for you, first go to a qualified doctor and get your recommendation. You can find MMJ Doctors and Dispensaries in your area by searching with websites like weedmaps.com or leafly.com.
Consistently positive cannabis experiences are within your reach!